Some of us actually use our Jeeps offroad. It doesn't take much for a branch or rock to destroy the stock plastic housings, especially if they've sat out in the sun for the last 13-29 years. Plus you get LEDs with the tail light boxes and they're a lot brighter.
Of course . One of the main reasons to consider a Jeep is off road use .
And , yes , I have smacked a few lens . Dang it . That can get expensive .
I like the idea of LEDs . Bright , like you say , they last almost forever and they reduce the amount of required power , so less stress on the system .
I simply don't care for the overly enclosed lights . Maybe it's the positioning and style of lights . The XJ is a real classic . Those lamps do little , if anything , to compliment the styling . Sure , they follow the body lines , but that's it . There are no other round exterior lights ( stock ) .
It just seems to me that for that kind of money , they should spend a little bit on having them look the part and do the job . They could even use the same box , less the round holes . I could do a better job and I have little experience in that field . Maybe They never received any suggestion on that count or maybe they didn't care for any ...